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Re: Medieval art

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Barry Teghtmeyer (
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 09:05:13 -0600

I teach an enrichment class during our summer school sesssion on medieval and renaissance art with 3rd - 5th grades. One of the activities that we do is to create our own coat of arms. We have also used the colors and symbols from those shields and created knights on horseback ready to attend a joust. ( construction paper)
One of the major things that I discuss with my students is how use of colors on "uniforms" at the joust was what lead to having uniforms at sporting events. The other is how the various symbols or heraldry represents a quality with which the village or castle would like to be known.
(For example--Use of feathers on a coat of arms can represent boldness, use of a dragon- fear, and one of the most interesting ones...use of a skull- a negative view of knighthood .)
Something else that you might enjoy is a study of castles.
I have my students watch the video "Castle" by David Macaulay. He has also written a wonderful book that serves as a resource for vocabulary on parts of the castle.
I would reccomend only the animated part of the video for 3rd grade however. In total the video is 60 minutes which may get lengthy for 3rd grade. After discussing and reviewing the video, we then create either a 3-d paper or clay castle.
One of the reasons I enjoy teaching the medieval period is that the kids love it!! It arouses their imaginations. It also allows me to teach across curriculums. In our 4th grade, the teachers use the book "Castle In The Attic" as part of their reading a study of castles fits right into what they are doing in the regular classroom.
Making connections---that's what teaching is all about!
Hope this has helped! Barry from North K.C.

>>> "Teri Sanford" <terily> 03/24 7:01 AM >>>
I am looking for activities for a third grade level which incorporate
some kind of Medieval art (or something related to that time period).
Anyone have any suggestions? All I can think of are self-portraits as
knights and ladies...

I also need some new ideas for kindergarten. I'll take any...